Jeanette resigns

January 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am by David Farrar

Jeanette Fitzsimons has announced she will resign from Parliament in February.

Jeanette has almost been the iconic face of the , and their brand will suffer without her. has some large shoes to fill.

Jeanette’s politics are not my own, but MPs from both National and Labour will say she was a very good person to work with, and I doubt she has any enemies in the House.

Like Sue Bradford, Jeanette would have loved to have become a Minister, but Helen kept rejecting her in favour of Peter Dunne and Winston Peters!

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82 Responses to “Jeanette resigns”

  1. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    Heh, I saw Gareth Hughes looking for an apartment in Wellington last week. Should have guessed! :P

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    One Watermelon goes, another steps into her place.

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  3. Monty (977 comments) says:

    I am pleased she is leaving – a nice young greenhorn who will struggle for oxygen will mean the Greenies become more and more irrelevant. I see them slipping below 5% at the next election. Good.

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  4. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Is it true she is going to start a gorse/scrub removal business? She will supply a good price on petrol and matches.

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  5. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    Too bad, how sad. One loonie leftie hypocrate leaves another steps up. ho hum

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  6. big bruv (13,884 comments) says:

    I agree with Brian, anybody who owns land in the Coromandel should be bloody worried now that she has more time on her hands.

    Good riddance as far as I am concerned.

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  7. libertyscott (359 comments) says:

    She got such an easy ride from the media it’s unreal. Who questioned her about how she said 1999 was the last Xmas you could eat potatoes you could “trust”? She lied that Don Brash wanted to destroy Maori culture and force women to be subservient to men, how despicably dishonest was that?

    She’s largely the face of gentle naive stupidity, but why should that be tolerated? She has spent many years spreading hysteria about genetic engineering and nuclear energy, using her own half-arsed manufactured science to hinder progress on both.

    I wrote about a year ago that she was a wolf in sheep’s clothing http://libertyscott.blogspot.com/2009/02/farewell-to-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing.html and how it is only because of the incompetence, lack of courage and intellectual fortitude of the mainstream media that she was allowed for so long to get away with it.

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  8. Tim Ellis (251 comments) says:

    I suppose that now she has turned 65 last week, along with the taxpayer funded green housing rort they set up as a super scheme she can afford to retire with no loss of income.

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  9. lastmanstanding (1,293 comments) says:

    Come on chaps show some of that charity that we of the RIGHT are renowned for.
    Like DPF Jeanettes politics were from another planet compared to mine but she is always polite in arguing her politics loppy though they are.
    She did bring some much needed decorum to the House and it sure needs it. As long as the Greens never get their hands of the levers of power Im quite happy to see them in the House

    Its all part of that great political system that is MMP

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  10. NOt1tocommentoften (433 comments) says:

    Some of these comments highlight an inability of readers on this blog to distinguish between person and policy. Even if you think her policies are bad, this doesn’t mean she wasn’t a principled and dedicated MP. I’d suggest that she sticks to what she believes in far more than the vast majority of Members in the House, many of whom bend over to the populist out-cries of the day. Jeannette will be missed.

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  11. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    libertyscott “She got such an easy ride from the media it’s unreal.”

    Yip when Don Brash resigned effective Feb of whatever year it was the Herald ran a bullshit story about how he was rorting the taxpayers since he enjoyed a holiday over the Christmas recess, even though pretty much every other MP was doing the same (I remember well since I cancelled my subscription over it). Where is the outrage that Jeanette has resigned after enjoying the summer recess on our coin. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander no?

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  12. Captain Crab (351 comments) says:

    And now we get Gareth Hughes. Will he wear his Ronald McDonald suit during his maiden speech? The “clown” look would be rather appropriate.
    As for Jeanette, whilst I disagree with many things she said, at least she genuinely cared about NZ. Not like most of the other Greens for whom ideology comes first.

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  13. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    ” it is only because of the incompetence, lack of courage and intellectual fortitude of the mainstream media that she was allowed for so long to get away with it. ”

    When are you going to wake up to the fact that the media are part of it? Be their lack of such characteristics as it may, they use everything they do have to jointly advance the political agenda they share with such as Fitzgerald.

    They will not shine light on or seriously expose anything that does not help them achieve their Progressive political objectives.

    Sure they failed to scrutinize Fitzgerald. Their failure to do due diligence on the global warming scam, and their continued attempts to patch the cracks is another glaring example of their treachery towards the craft of journalism. There are many more.

    Do not be so naive as to expect help from the NZ mainstream media. They are collectivists and Progressives, and they are the enemies of liberty.

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  14. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    One more crazy cat lady loose on the streets.

    Alert the rual fire service.

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  15. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Just in case anyone DOESN’T know who Gareth Hughes is ….

    http://www.greens.org.nz/people/candidates/garethhughes

    Former boy-racer, vegetarian, Greenpeace activist, Save Happy Valley delegate … the lsit goes on. So let’s forget any pretence now that the Greens are anything but the hard left.

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  16. Komata (1,191 comments) says:

    So it’s ‘let’s be nice to Grandma’ is it – and let’s show charity to a woman not exactly renowned for it herself – especially to those who dare to advocate reality as opposed to naivety?

    Jeanette F is a contradiction – raving on about greenhouse gases and the dreadfulness of capitalism yet simultaneously a capitalist dairy farmer (a fact teh MSM conveniently ignored) – and we still do NOT know her politics – her real, actual, political views. She has kept those very quiet, while her acolytes (Locke, et al) have made theirs very evident.

    Now that she has time on her hands, (and is no doubt going to be holding a placard protesting against the new Kopu bridge because it will allow more people onto ‘her’ Coromandel Peninsula), it is probable that. once again, she and her grass (shhhh, mustn’t mention that must we) smoking and weed-growing mates will once again start making life difficult for the mining-industry on the peninsula. Catherine Delahunty [sic] is of course already there, so it will be once again, all the ‘anti-progress, keep the real-world-out, we know best for you’, nutters together – just like the old days – and the very thing that got her (Jeanette) into parliament in the first place.

    As Leopards never change their spots, and I can’t see Jeanette being any different, no doubt the slavering MSM will be in attendance at every meeting she goes to, and be hanging-off every pronouncement sh makes – no matter how daft – especially if it is about ‘the environment’. She is after all a grandmother AND a well-known ‘Greenie’ so she must know everything there is to know about anything. . . (Cue ‘Tui’ response)

    Time will of course tell, but don’t expect her to vanish from sight – the smell of teargas, the publicity, the chance to assault a policeman, and the excitement of the protest is simply too addictive – and it makes such a nice change from methane-expelling cows. . .

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  17. george (388 comments) says:

    That’s the end of the Greens. She was the last Green. All who remain, and her replacement, are out and out communists.

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  18. libertyscott (359 comments) says:

    Redbaiter, I have no delusions that most in the mainstream media are collectivists and have leftwing instincts.

    Lastmanstanding: I would have been more generous had she not been so utterly vile about Brash. To accuse him of wanting cultural genocide was seriously nasty.

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  19. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    JF is a liar from the left and is complete scum.

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  20. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    Cant stand her, glad to see her go. The politician IS the person and vice versa. Both damaged this country.

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  21. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Former boy-racer, vegetarian, Greenpeace activist, Save Happy Valley delegate

    Why does that mean ‘hard left’?

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  22. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Getafix replaced by Ronald McDonald.

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  23. Manolo (13,746 comments) says:

    Another Luddite bites the dust.
    Her contribution to NZ politics was nil.
    Her services to NZ economy were negative.
    Her trip to Copenhagen was a junket and complete waste of time.

    Good riddance.

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  24. annie (539 comments) says:

    She was civilized, and not overtly anti-democratic. Increasingly rare in the Green party.

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  25. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    i suspect the greens lost a lot of normal people when rod donald died (though they did pick up more weirdos), and now with granny leaving, their support should hopefully dwindle completely.

    one of my friends (sadly) voted greens, but has said he would never vote for them again until Rod D rose from the grave to lead them again.

    Zombie Rod Donald = more integrity than the rest of the green part :)

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  26. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    One Watermelon goes, another steps into her place.

    Look on the bright side, out goes one of the main reasons the Greens crack 5%! Next election hopefully they will all be going!

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  27. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Bring on 2011, hopefully all the Commies get booted out

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  28. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Stephen asks “Why does that mean ‘hard left’?”

    Stephen, that’s merely a sample of Gareth Hughes’ resume – follow the link, and make your own judgment. I’ve made mine, and I stand by it implicitly.

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  29. Don the Kiwi (1,750 comments) says:

    Its good to see Jeanette going.
    I think she’s one of the reasons that the Greens get/got such a good vote – she was the archetypal nana. She conducted herself with dignity, and many people ignored the message she was promoting and voted for her as a person rather than her distorted convoluted policies and ideals.

    With Bradford gone as well , the Green voice will not be as well promoted – even though most people hated Bradford, she was a headline catcher, and unless another high profiler gets up for the Greens, they’ll be gone.

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  30. GPT1 (2,121 comments) says:

    Oh save us, the last thing Parliament needs is some sanctimonious kid telling moralising on about climate change. I see he is one of the noddies that thought we should cut emissions by bucket loads as compared to 1990. Kaftans and sandals here we come.

    As for the brand I think the Greens will really struggle. The premature loss of Donald has taken away some strategic nouse (as much as it pains me to say it) and with Jeneatte the softer side of environmentalism will disappear. Even those who find the Greens really quite strange seem to have time for Jeneatte – she walks the walk, seems quite nice etc.

    Oh well, with luck this will be the beginning of the end of the socialist strangle hold on the environment.

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  31. GPT1 (2,121 comments) says:

    stephen (3379) Says:

    January 28th, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Former boy-racer, vegetarian, Greenpeace activist, Save Happy Valley delegate

    Why does that mean ‘hard left’?

    Because “hard left” is a lot politer than most of the descriptions that spring to mind from that resume.

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  32. tvb (4,417 comments) says:

    She would dearly love a job of course. But she did not give any political support for the National Party and she does not believe in rational science. She never understood the Labour Party on green issues. Basically green policies are expensive – who pays? I will never forget that photo-op of her hopping into the Crown limo next to Helen and then……….nothing.

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  33. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    She will be a major loss to the Green appeal.

    – Jeanette Fitzsimons + Gareth Hughes doesn’t add up

    They may cling to 5% if Labour stay in the bewilderness but it will be difficult for Greens unless some credible leadership steps up – noticeably.

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  34. big bruv (13,884 comments) says:

    I don’t know about anybody else but the fact that this Darren Hughes loser is going to be paid my tax payer dollars to sit in the house or representatives pisses me off.

    Others have mentioned how dishonest the Greens are, remember how they rorted the system to get Red Russ into the house prior to the last election so the bastard could spend our money on his communist campaigning, well now we have Red Jeanette quitting less than half way through the term.

    While I know that 6.72% of the people of this nation are stupid enough to vote Green they did so on the basis that Jeanette was going to be an MP, had she not stood it is highly likely that the Greens would not have made it past the 5% threshold.

    Never forget that the Greens are liars, trust nothing they say and nothing they do.

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  35. Blue Coast (165 comments) says:

    Heard Hughes speak on a number of occasions when he was on the election trial. All I can say is the combined IQ of the house will not be increased and suggest it may well be reduced.

    He will get on well with mad woman from up Gisborne way who came into the house recently.

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  36. Rich Prick (1,700 comments) says:

    From the Green Party web-site (link provided by IV2), first sentence of profile:

    “Gareth is a vegetarian and currently works for the Green Party on …… ”

    What he shoves in his gob is the first and presumably most important thing we need to know about him.

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  37. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    Least he doesn’t shove a lump of meat in his mouth like half the labour party does.

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  38. david (2,557 comments) says:

    Oh how I wish for the ticks and crosses to come back. Priceless Johnboy

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  39. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    Does he have a lisp?

    Just read his resume, he became an activist while studying at uni. doesnt say if he graduated??

    One of his “achievements” was being arrested in Tiananmen Square, dressed as ronald macdonald. hope the chinese kicked the shit out of him. arrogant little prick

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  40. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    actually, it doesnt sound like this guy has ever actually worked.

    just spent time on the rainbow warrior and greenpeace/terrorism crap.

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  41. david (2,557 comments) says:

    Big Bruv
    Agree.
    The green Party stood on a party list that was declared and public. Jenetix herself stood on that list for a 3 year term. Frankly it just doesn’t wash to be told that she is leaving to get a job. Mind you Helen carried on the tradition of party list members taking a Christmas break on the taxpayer then bailing out. (yes and so did Don Brash which I thought was equally bad form)

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  42. Rufus (667 comments) says:

    Is this the best that the Greens can come up with?

    A kid who’s got no real experience or professional expertise? What will he contribute to the governance of NZ?

    How can they continue to sneak these people in?

    From his point of view, I guess he’s set for life. Roll on that gravy train – choo! choo!

    Rufus

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  43. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    dime if he was an activist he wasn’t studying. The two are mutually exclusive.

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  44. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Murray – perhaps he studied extra-murally ;-)

    Dime – be fair to the boy; he has worked – this from his resume:

    “Gareth used to be a boy racer, worked in a fish and chip store, a supermarket, he’s been a radio DJ, a telemarketer, a pamphlet deliverer, a hospital orderly, a barman, and a fundraiser. Since then, Gareth has been arrested dressed as Ronald McDonald, learnt to climb buildings and unfurled a protest banner in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.”

    Sheesh – you’re being tough on the kid – look at all those highly-skilled jobs he’s done!!!!!

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  45. alex Masterley (1,517 comments) says:

    he may have worked but he can’t hold a job.

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  46. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    Eh ba goom isn’t the lad doing well Ma, he’s gone from minimum wage stuff to a couple of hundred thou a year in one promotion. Thank God for the long suffering taxpayers I say. Who says theres no future in being a layabout then eh lad!

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  47. tautokai.baxter (162 comments) says:

    Gareth brings a youth voice to the Green Caucus. He is a stalwart of the Young Greens. Good on him. Jeneatte was amazing, but the Party carries on. And all that say we will be falling below 5% are wrong. We will continue to increase our percentage of Party Vote. We are here to stay, get over it.

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  48. lofty (1,310 comments) says:

    Brings the youth voice eh!
    I would prefer he brought, life/work experience thanks tautokai.
    when I look back and was his age I thought I knew it all, when in fact I knew f….k all.
    As david Niven said in the “moons a ballon” “you think I know fuck nothing, but I can tell you, I know fuck all”

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  49. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    Interestingly Danny Wanks-on from talkback ZB commented this afternoon that no a single call had been received regarding the murderous cow resigning.

    (GE Free and bio-fuels = starvation and death in 3rd world cuntries)

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  50. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    And all that say we will be falling below 5% are wrong. We will continue to increase our percentage of Party Vote.

    That’s not your call. It’s up to about 150,000 voters. It’s your job to convince us you deserve our votes. I don’t see that happening.

    I have been keen on some good Green Representation in parliament, but I’m not enthusiastic about the party as I see it now. Some individuals and the party collectively might lift drastically in the next 18 months but I don’t see the people to do it.

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  51. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Good god Inventory2 the boy is a professional wanker. What degree do you need to be a telemarketer anyway? Batchelor of Annoying?

    And you don’t “learn to climb buildings”, you either know how to do it or you fall off. mmm fall off…

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  52. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    Batchelor of Thick Skin and Bad Timing

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  53. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Another holier than thou Environmental religionist. The new century’s and the secular progressive’s Exclusive Brethren with the right to infiltrate and indoctrinate in schools.

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  54. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Pete with National having gone pink and Act harbouring an anti-Semite wtf do you think I get to chose from?

    Lets face it our politicans suck from left to right and we need to start voting them off the island one at a time till they get the message.

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  55. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Now you’re talkin like a Conservative.

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  56. virtualmark (1,523 comments) says:

    Tautokai … sorry, I’m a sceptic about the Greens rising above 5% next time round. Metiria hasn’t been able to grab anything like the media profile Jeanette had. And I’d argue that both her and Aussie Russel don’t resonate with the general public in the way that Jeanette and Rod Donald did.

    Sure, they might appeal to the looney tunes brigade that all cluster to the Greens. So that’s 2% or 3% vote perhaps. But I just don’t see the soft Green vote from the urban mums kicking in as it has in the past.

    The Greens big hope for 2011 must be that Fill-in Goff, rabid Trev (the Duck) and the rest of the Labour gang remain so unattractive that enough left-wing voters switch to voting Green to prop you up over the 5% mark.

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  57. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    To be fair to the little boy he studied religion at uni and wants to concentrate on climate change issues in parliament so it appears he is fully qualified for that subject.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3271914/Meet-the-Green-Partys-new-MP

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  58. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Oh how useful.

    And we’re worried about the effluent in the Mac.

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  59. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Hey tautokai.baxter – remember the last fish and chippie to make it to Parliament in Australasia – didn’t she end up in the slammer?

    But I’m willing to wager that around half of the Greens’ support base were Rod Donald/Jeanette Fitzsimons supporters – Rod is no longer with us, and Jeanette’s gone, and the Greens don’t have anyone who can articulate that nice “soft” message that won’t scare the horses. Your leadership is an Ocker socialist and a Kiwi anarchist/McGillicuddy Serious Party candidate, then there’s Pol Pot’s mate Keith Locke, Sue Kedgeley and Catherine Delahunty. It looks like electoral poison to me.

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  60. annie (539 comments) says:

    Great. Another professional environmentalist with an Arts background.

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  61. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    Sue’s got that nice comfy, cuddly aspect about her, well Tim thought so once upon a time.

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  62. Manolo (13,746 comments) says:

    “Originally from Gisborne, he went to Victoria University where he studied religious studies and history. While a student he became a vegetarian and got into environmental campaigning. In his time with Greenpeace New Zealand and Australia he held various roles and took part in activist campaigns.”

    If you were hiring, would you consider this guy for a position in your business? Not in a million years. Unemployable material.

    It’s said that NZ Parliament is a reflection of our society. Well, with this loser we added one to the shameful collection of ‘good-for-nothing’ MPs.

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  63. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    The options are looking very slim. Apart from a National stalwarts point of view, they must be loving it.

    I’d like to see an apolitical party, where candidates were selected purely on their ability to run a country as efficiently and fairly as possible, people who aren’t blinded and distorted by some ideological fantasy.

    It would be far better to have even a minority group that could be utilised in any sort of coalition for their ability and expertise.

    The main parties are too easily filled with political journeymen and women with a few token variations to make them look inclusive. And the small parties seem to attract too many fringe nutters.

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  64. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    I will miss one thing though and that is saying “Genetic Fitzsimmons” in my head everytime I heard her name.

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  65. tautokai.baxter (162 comments) says:

    lofty you may have known nothing, it seems you still don’t. Doesn’t mean everyone at 28 doesn’t. Parliament is about fair representation from ALL parts of New Zealand. Not just middle class New Zealand. The youth of this country deserve representation and Gareth is going to provide that, very well in fact. It’s true, Rod and Jeanette were such a huge part of our Party but you’r wrong in saying we don’t have a good team now. I wager we have one of the best we have ever had. People aren’t giving Meteria and Russel a fair chance, and they still have the valuable experiance of Sue K and Keith; who isint some hardline communist.

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  66. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    Big bruv @ 1.44. You are certainly correct that Darren Hughes is a total loser but this one is called Gareth. Hopefully not another ginga but just another representative of the people who is not representative.

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  67. big bruv (13,884 comments) says:

    john.bt

    Lol..I just noticed that, to be fair though, they are both idiots.

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  68. Manolo (13,746 comments) says:

    “..and Keith; who isint (sic) some hardline communist.”

    If that’s true, then Minto is not a communist either. You have to laugh at baxter’s foolish assertion. It shows how gullible the so-called young Green supporters are.

    Actually, Keith Locke is a dedicated red to his last bit. Alongside John Minto, both are promoters of socialism/communism and share a hatred of capitalism and the USA.

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  69. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    “parliament is about fair representation from ALL parts of New Zealand.”

    WAAAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    What fucking parliament have you been watching for the last hundred years? Its about anything but.

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  70. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    “parliament is about fair representation from ALL parts of New Zealand.”

    Why does it need to be? It doesn’t necessarily follow that that would ensure fair representation for all of NZ anyway.

    As long as governance is reasonably fair I think it’s more important to first look for people capable of governing well.

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  71. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    tautokai.baxter said “and Keith; who isint some hardline communist”

    You’re kidding, right?

    “He has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Canterbury and then went to Canada for a Masters in Sociology at the University of Alberta. He studied towards but never completed a Ph.D in Sociology at the University of Toronto, before returning to New Zealand. Locke lectured in Sociology at Victoria University from 1970 – 72, but then decided to leave academia to work as a full-time editor of the fortnightly socialist paper, Socialist Action, from 1972 to 1976. From 1978 to 1984 he worked as an active socialist and unionist in a car factory, railway workshops and meatworks in the Wellington region. In 1985 he moved to Auckland, working in the Auckland City abattoirs, 1985-86. From 1986 to 1990 Locke worked full-time as the national coordinator of the Philippines Solidarity Network, based in Auckland. From 1990 to 1999 he was manager of One World Books, a non-profit bookshop in Auckland specialising in social, environmental and development issues.[4]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Locke

    I daresay DPF’s readers will make their own choice on the merits of your argument tautokai.

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  72. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    Here’s a quote from Gareth Hughes wife on Frog telling us its quite fun to destroy other peoples property

    “I am a proud activist, one that thinks within resonable limits a bit of trespass, a bit of property damage, a bit of general disruption is fine. Quite fun, too”

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2008/07/09/business-experience/#comment-49060

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  73. Leonidas (1,431 comments) says:

    People aren’t giving Meteria and Russel a fair chance

    Hang on, I have a phonecard here somewhere…….

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  74. oranjemakker (55 comments) says:

    tautokai.baxter, your comment ” The youth of this country deserve representation and Gareth is going to provide that, very well in fact,” is ignorant as well as offensive to most of the young people in this country, who actually try and contribute to society productively by WORKING. The most striking reason why this muppet should not be in parliament is because he has never attempted to pursue any kind of career or held down any worthwhile employment.

    unless of course you are suggesting that the role model for this country’s youth is to be beneficiaries (and yes, I define “working” for the green party as being a beneficiary, in these sense that he is being paid by the taxpayer for doing nothing).

    This sort of appointment shows how undemocratic New Zealand’s electoral system is. I doubt very much you would find 5% of the population supporting this clowns elevation to parliament.

    Incidentally, i presume you are also a beneficiary (broadly defined as above) because if you were actually a net taxpayer you would be appalled by this misuse of your tax dollar.

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  75. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    “The most striking reason why this muppet should not be in parliament is because he has never attempted to pursue any kind of career or held down any worthwhile employment.”

    Surely my friend you have missed the point. The sole reason any greenie MP is picked is based on exactly those criteria.

    Any history of ever holding a worthwhile job automatically bars you from ever being a greenie MP.

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  76. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    It also goes a long way against you ever being a labour MP unless you class union organiser or tool schreecher as worthwhile employment.

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  77. kiki (425 comments) says:

    What did Roger Douglas do before he entered parliament?

    I suppose Gerry Brownlee is well qualified

    Judge this person on his actions in the job

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  78. Grizz (605 comments) says:

    Roger Douglas ran a business before entering parliament. In the days of regulated imports, he imported electronic goods for assembly in factories in NZ. Taking his experiences in the inefficiency of the system he sought to increase competition and improve consumer choice and quality of the products.

    Gerry Brownlee I believe was a woodwork teacher. Can anyone elaborate further here?

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  79. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    Hughes on MyFace:

    Today Jeanette resigned from Parliament, so I’m the newest, youngest MP. I’m going to work as hard as I can for a Green New Deal for Aotearoa

    Great, another warrior for ecosocialist Pol Pottery in the hallowed halls of parliament.

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  80. Johnboy (16,516 comments) says:

    Don’t knock the little lad Hurf I’ll buy some green from his deal bag if the price is right. :)

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  81. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    it will be interesting what Labour will do now that the greens are a small group of .. I don’t know, weirdos??
    Will Phillin have a cup of tea with Turea (is that her name?) or Ozzy Russ in Ponsonby before the election OR will they try and run them down to get their voters back from them.
    Same with the Maori Party. The MParty could well get all 7 seats next time. That will leave 5 Maori MP’s out on their arse and they will want safe list seats .. interesting times.

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